I do enjoy a good excuse to get to my lys, and today was a fine example. I packed up my tote full of the Flame Stitch Bag crochet project, and set out in the beautiful Saturday spring afternoon to the Ben Franklin Crafts Store in Grass Valley, 16 miles away. When I got there, a very large group of knitters were sitting at a U-shaped table set up and I was fortunate enough to find a seat at the end. Best spot – sweet! Since I don’t frequent the weekly meetings, I felt a little isolated, but soon started chatting with those around me, and now I’m committed to going back next Friday evening! Another nice surprise was when several members of my weekly Stitch ‘n Bitch in Colfax showed up. Hi Diane and Tammi! I had made this the weekly meeting. Thought I’d mix it up a little.
Anyway, what did me in today was the 20% off LYS bag. Buy it for $4.99, and get 20% off your yarn purchase for the day. I was fine with this. I could resist, I could. Really. That is, until, the young woman next to me was wearing a sweater that was just gorgeous. And she told me it was a pattern in Ravelry, and I had to have it. *sigh* My bank account is now $85 lighter (to include a new circular knitting needle) and I now have another project awaiting my attention.
So what did you do to show your LYS a little love today?
About 1/3 of the way through my Autumn Wrap and I’m already doubting myself yet again. I’m
not sure I like the color combos. I adore the colors, but the way I’m putting them together just doesn’t seem to click. Before I get too rash and throw away what I have done so far – ahem! – I will use all the colors and see how I like it then. I understand that sometimes you need to have a little faith in your vision. Maybe I’m jittery because this is the first time I have ever used two yarns at once and made the very simple basketweave pattern? I don’t know. We shall persevere.
On a more decidedly upbeat note, I have finally written down the pattern for my cute little baby booby beanie. Back in December of 2014, I posted a pic of this:
I promised to post the pattern. Being that it was December, my crafting life was definitely busy, and this simple little project was put aside. It’s simple and quick and makes a great gift for the expectant/breastfeeding mother. I’m sure you could also make this as a gag gift for an adult, but you’ll have to figure that out yourself – LOL! The instructions are for up to 12 months. Click on the picture to get the pattern, or go to the Crafting Links under Crochet and find it as Baby Booby Beanie.
There is an old saying in my neck of the woods that goes something like this: When you fall off your bike, you gotta get right back on. The message being something along the lines of don’t give up because you’ve fallen down, or made a mistake, or truly screwed things up. For me, that means I’m starting on another project, just a simple wrap. I will be trying something for the first time, but I feel fairly confident I can handle it, and that’s using two strands of yarn throughout. Nothing fierce. My biggest question is how wide I should make it, and should I keep it a simple garter stitch or stockinette or combo?
This is my new giveaway offer, geared more towards the crafters out there. I had to think about this one and finally came up with an option that would make a suitable gift. So, I have decided to part ways with a lovely wool from Knit Picky Andean Treasures line, in a great color called Embers. There’s 3 skeins, 330 yards total of DK Peruvian goodness.
In order to enter, go to my Facebook page, and like the post that announces the giveaway. This counts as “one”. If you want two extra entries, share the post! When I reach 207 likes on my page, I will make a video of the drawing and post/announce it on my page.
These mittens were surprisingly easy to knit, even though it was my first time making any kind of hand items. I finished the left hand mitten several months back, and then I started the leaves sweater and I didn’t want anything to interrupt that ordeal. When the sweater project was all wrapped up, I immediately resumed this and finished the right hand mitten in a matter of hours. Wheee! It felt like a vacation!
I did have some issues with a term I wasn’t familiar with – the “skip”, which I had to look up because I was confusing it with a “slip”. You will notice I have not put on the eyes. I’ve decided not to, because I can be really rough on decorative (and functional) buttons. You can tell it’s supposed to be an owl anyway. I’ve also noticed that in the representational images, the cuff isn’t as long as mine. I don’t know if that’s my personal take on it, or are mine longer? Either way, doesn’t matter. They’re still too cool.
A really cute, fast, weekend project for you owl lovers and those of you who are needing instant gratification. Here’s the link: